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Sneak Peek: The Purple Martin

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The Purple Martin is opening its doors at 2800 Shenendoah Ave., for a public soft opening tonight, March 19 at 8 p.m., featuring drinks and some samples from the restaurant and bar’s food menu.

Can’t make it tonight? No problem. We’ve got the Sneak Peek on Fox Park’s newest bar and restaurant.

Owner Brooke Roseberry explained that her Mediterranean-inspired bistro is named after the North American swallow, purple martin – a bird that lives in communities and doesn’t nest independently. “It’s a perfect metaphor for community building,” said Roseberry, noting the lack of Fox Park businesses she hopes her restaurant will change. “Purple martins are completely dependent on people to survive,” she said. Because of the swallow’s over-domestication, the eastern variety of the bird must rely on man-made birdhouses for shelter.

Incidentally, general manager D.J. Huchzermeier said purple martins should migrate through St. Louis this week as it flies from north from South America. “It’s serendipitous,” he said.

On The Purple Martin’s menu, developed by Roseberry’s husband Tony Lagouranis, expect to find around four appetizers, three salads, five entrees and some flatbreads. Joel Clark, formerly of Mission Taco Joint and Sanctuaria, has readied the bar menu, which will feature 10 cocktails along with local bottled beer (Roseberry hopes to add taps in the future.) and wines by the glass. Among wine offerings, look for six reds, seven whites, one sparkling and one rosé.

With space for 85 seats inside and 32 on the patio, The Purple Martin will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 4 p.m. to midnight.  The kitchen will serve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m., and down the road, the restaurant hopes to add a Saturday and Sunday brunch.

Here’s what’s in store at The Purple Martin:

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

Sneak Peek: The Dark Room

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Wine bar and photo gallery The Dark Room opens today in Grand Center. The adults-only venue at 615 N. Grand Blvd., looks to be a destination in its own right among other Midtown cultural spots as photography, fine wine and casual noshes come together under one roof, as The Scoop first reported in January.

“The energy of the space is more than a typical wine bar,” said managing partner Chris Hansen. The 1,800-square-foot space offers ample space for patrons to walk around the gallery and enjoy the inaugural exhibit, “New on the Scene,” which features the works of eight recent graduates of Webster University’s photography program.

Beverages at The Dark Room include wines curated by Bill Kniep of Pinnacle Imports. Six whites and six reds are available by the glass; 10 whites and 10 reds are on the bottle list. All 15 beers on the menu are local brews.

The food menu, developed by Hansen and with recipes from Cafe Osage’s chef David Kirkland, includes bar snacks, small plates, cheese and meat boards, flatbreads and desserts. Although not a large menu, every item is either prepared in-house or sourced locally. “We’re not trying to be a full-service restaurant, but we wanted to have options,” Hansen said.

Initially, The Dark Room will be open Tuesday through Saturday with limited hours. In a few weeks, it will expand to regular operating hours: open daily (except Monday) from 4 p.m. until midnight, and until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Here’s what’s in store at The Dark Room:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky

Sneak Peek: 21st Amendment: The Brewers Bar

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Paul and Wendy Hamilton, owners of Vin de Set, Moulin event space, PW Pizza, The Malt House Cellar and Eleven Eleven Mississippi, are just about ready to debut their new concept, 21st Amendment: The Brewers Bar. The bar, located in the basement of their building at 2017 Chouteau Ave., will open to the public this Monday, March 10.

21st Amendment’s primary focus is local, craft beer. Every brewery within a 100-mile radius of the bar will be represented on tap or by the bottle. There will even be a wall where 8-by-11-inch photos of local brewers will hang.

Since the bar has 50 taps and more than 50 different bottles, there is still room for more beer, so Paul Hamilton is also including regional favorites, such as Goose Island from Chicago and Boulevard Brewing from Kansas City. He plans to fill any leftover tap handles with great craft beers from beyond the Midwest, such as Anchor Steam from San Francisco.

Hamilton said he wanted to open a new venue that filled a need in the neighborhood. He didn’t want to compete with existing businesses; rather, he hopes to help make Lafayette Square an even bigger destination for those looking to eat and drink.

The Hamiltons’ building, which houses all their other ventures besides Eleven Eleven, was built in 1876 and was home to Schnaider Brewery, one of St. Louis’ first and largest breweries. Some of the building’s original wood can still be found in the space, and much of the remaining wood – oak, black walnut, cherry – used in the bar and tables comes from trees on the Hamiltons’ personal property in South County.

21st Amendment will be open daily from 4 p.m. to close, which will be between midnight and 1:30 a.m., depending on the night’s crowd. Bar snacks like soft pretzels and meat and cheese boards will be available, and patrons can also order food from PW Pizza to be delivered to the bar.

Although 21st Amendment is not even open yet, the Hamiltons already have more plans. In the space adjacent to their new bar, they hope to have a biergarten up and running by next fall.


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-photos by Julie Cohen

Sneak Peek: Nadoz Bakery + Café in Chesterfield

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Nadoz Bakery + Café opens its third location today at 17089 N. Outer Forty Road at the Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield.

Nadoz owners Stephen and Cathy Becker, who have two other locations in Midtown and at The Boulevard in Richmond Heights, brought old Nadoz favorites – and then some – to the new spot. From an expansive juice bar program, a wide selection of baked goods, a hefty burger menu featuring Angus beef on house-made brioche buns, and even wine on tap, there are plenty of reasons to head to Chesterfield and check out Nadoz No. 3:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky

Sneak Peek: The Good Pie

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

After The Good Pie closed its doors in Midtown last August, the much-anticipated pizza joint is almost ready to open in its new space at 6665 Delmar Blvd. But expect more than just pizza, salads and great beer. With the closure of restaurateur Mike Randolph’s fine-dining establishment Little Country Gentleman last month, he was able to scoop up even more talent to augment The Good Pie’s food and beverage offerings.

Along with bottles of beer, wine and ten draft beers behind the bar, you’ll find Jeffrey Moll Jr., former bartender at LGC. Moll has greatly expanded The Good Pie’s cocktail menu. Find classic cocktails, aperitifis, a slew of vermouths, digestifs and even house-made limoncello. The Good Pie’s kitchen has also gained an LCG chef, John Messbarger, who has also worked at Elaia and Truffles. Messbarger’s roles in the kitchen include making house-made pastas for specials and helping with cured meats.

“When we first opened, we had a little money and a lot of big ideas. Now, five years later, we get to do it all again,” Randolph said. “It’s a grown-up Good Pie.” Randolph, who also owns Half & Half, hopes to open to the public Feb. 18.

Here’s what’s in store when doors open at The Good Pie.


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-photos by Michelle Volansky

Sneak Peek: Fields Foods

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Fields Foods, a full-service grocery store in Lafayette Square, opens Jan. 4 at 7 a.m. In October, The Scoop reported that construction of the locally owned and operated store was underway at 1500 Lafayette Ave., across the street from The Georgian Condominiums (the old City Hospital) and near the busy intersection of interstates 44 and 55. Fields Foods will carry locally-produced foods and also will stock traditional brands to help meet the budget of every pocketbook.

Here’s what’s in store when doors open at Fields Foods:


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-Photos by Michelle Volansky

Sneak Peek: Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar, located in the former space of a Jilly’s Cupcake Bar at 1131 Colonnade Center in Des Peres, is opening its doors in early January. The fine-dining restaurant is owned by Dave Pollmann, who also ran the Jilly’s outpost until it closed earlier this year. Pollmann, a mechanical engineer, designed and built the 46-seat restaurant and bar, including a wood-burning pizza oven and a beautiful bar made out of used wine barrel staves. Along with 50 wines (more than 30 of them are available by the glass) dessert martinis and cocktails, Pairings will serve lunch, happy hour specials, dinner and desserts.

-photos by Michelle Volansky

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Sneak Peek: Small Batch

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Vegetarian cuisine paired with whiskey. That’s the concept restaurateur Dave Bailey is bringing to Midtown Alley with his soon-to-open Small Batch at 3001 Locust St., in Midtown Alley.





{A view of the bar and main dining area at Small Batch}

Bailey has transformed a former Model T sales floor into a sleek space that features a 25-seat bar and mezzanine. While design elements like ironwork, high ceilings and large glass windows may seem cold, they work together to achieve an inviting, stay-awhile vibe.


121813_SmallBatch05_blog{A view of the 30-seat dining area in the L-shaped mezzanine at Small Batch.}

Small Batch offers a selection of more than 40 bourbons and nearly 60 whiskeys in total. Sample a few by ordering a flight, or check out the 11-drink cocktail menu, which features whiskey-centric drinks such as Bourbon No. 2.



{Bourbon No. 2 is a tweak on a Manhattan that features bourbon, vermouth, Campari and rose liqueur.}


The all-vegetarian menu at Small Batch is divided into small ($4 to $10) and large plates ($9 to $14), and is rounded out with a selection of salads and desserts. Small fare offerings feature familiar items such as hummus, tartine and pickled eggs that are prepared using a melting pot of global flavors.



121813_SmallBatch09_blog{A sample of pho, featuring a mushroom-shallot wonton, swimming in lemongrass broth with scallions and ginger.}


Italian fare dominates the large plates offered at Small Batch. Menu items include: brown butter gnocchi, cannelloni, fettuccine pomodoro, ravioli, spaghetti carbonara, papperdelle, linguine and pizza. All pasta is made in-house.

The dessert selection includes house-made vegan ice cream, a warm lemon-ricotta tart with fig and ginger jam or a Baileys chocolate brownie.

Small Batch will open in the coming days. A tweet from @SmallBatchSTL will provide details regarding exactly what day doors unlock.

For an indepth look at what’s in store at Small Batch, go to our Facebook page.





Sneak Peek: Nathalie’s

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Nathalie’s is set to open Friday, Dec. 13. The restaurant, located at 4356 Lindell Blvd., in the Central West End, is the newest project by Nathalie Pettus, proprietor of Overlook Farm in Clarksville, Mo. Pettus has transformed the space that previously housed Salt into one that reflects her family’s St. Louis roots, and she will serve up the bounty of the harvest from Overlook Farm.



{Jimmy Voss, Nathalie Pettus}


“Local-global” is how Nathalie’s executive chef Jimmy Voss described the menu. “It’s the flavors of the world. My [cooking] has always been global,” Voss said, who was a longtime face in the kitchen at now defunct Duff’s before helming culinary operations at Overlook Farm. “But we’re using our local stuff,” Pettus added. The menu, which is divided into starters, chef’s specials, entrees, desserts and a late-night bar menu, will feature numerous ingredients raised and grown at Overlook – from produce to pigs – and from other local sources.



{Pretzel-crusted pork chop with German potato salad, braised red cabbage and herb mustard}

Former Duff’s patrons will recognize some signature dishes from that beloved restaurant on the menu at Nathalie’s, such as French onion soup, steak salad, vegetarian winter roulade and desserts like peppermint pie and white chocolate cheesecake.



{A gluten-free Ibarra cake, a flourless chocolate cake with orange glaze and chocolate ganache}

Nathalie’s also will offer numerous vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Working alongside Voss will be chef de cuisine Chris Ayala, who was the event chef for Catering St. Louis prior to coming aboard Nathalie’s.




Pettus has put her personal touch on the ornate space, beginning with the exterior, which now features an awning that runs from the sidewalk to the front door. Her influence also extends from the wine room in the cellar to the dining area and event space on the second floor.



 {The wine room in the cellar}

Paintings by Pettus’ grandfather hang on dining room walls, while Veiled Prophet memorabilia that pays homage to Pettus’ grandmother, crowned VP queen in 1906, frame soft lounge seating in the bar area. “This celebrates me, my family, St. Louis,” said Pettus, as she passed by family portraits that hang in a stairwell leading to the second floor dining room and an event space. That area will be used for entertainment such as film screenings, plays and live musical performances (Erin Bode is slated to play at Nathalie’s on Saturday, Dec. 14.), as well as private parties.

Nathalie’s initial hours of operation will be 4 p.m. to midnight every day except Tuesdays. Weekend brunch, weekday lunch and weekday breakfast service will be added later.

For an even more in-depth look at what’s in store at Nathalies’s, go to our Facebook page.

-photos by Michelle Volansky



Sneak Peek: Blind Tiger

Thursday, December 5th, 2013



The southeast corner of Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard has had some trouble finding its footing the last few years, but Mike McLaughlin of Maplewood favorite The Crow’s Nest and his merry band have transformed the nearby location 7376 Manchester Road into Blind Tiger, a restaurant, whiskey joint and event venue.

A distinct rock ‘n’ roll vibe is evident with a stage, a black leather banquette and dark brocade wallpaper, and McLaughlin and partners Mike Jones and Kelly Jurotich have created a menu to match. Jackson Noon, who worked with McLaughlin at The Bleeding Deacon, is running the kitchen after returning from the West Coast. Katy Romine will manage the bar, which will focus on local beers on tap and by the bottle, as well as more whiskey options than you can shake a tiger at.

Blind Tiger will host a ticketed grand opening Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. with a tasting of the entire menu, as well as whiskey and beer tastings. Regular operating hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., with plans to launch lunch service.

After you’ve picked up your tickets, take a peek at what you’ll sample on our Facebook page.

-photo by Michelle Volansky



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